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What We Do and Who We Do It For

HBCUvc Welcomes Its Newest and Largest Cohort of HBCU Venture Fellows

We are excited to announce that we have selected our Class 5 cohort for the 2021 HBCUvc Fellowship. For the past five years, HBCUvc’s flagship program has grown in size and impact; this year is no different. Our incoming class of 62 fellows hail from 21 HBCUs, including six institutions who are newly represented in our community — Edward Waters University, Virginia State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, South Carolina State University, Alabama State University, and Talladega College.

Click here to read more about our newest cohort.

HBCUvc’s mission is to direct how capital is formed and distributed to increase opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx innovators.

We accomplish this by developing, connecting and mobilizing the next generation of venture capital leaders in communities where entrepreneurs face barriers in accessing capital, and by empowering institutions to employ race-conscious investing practices.

We support our community of emerging investors and founders by providing:

Training Programs in Venture Capital

Access to Paid Internships in Venture Capital

Equity Funding for Entrepreneurs

Culturally-affirming Professional Community

We are mobilizing a new brand of investors and founders from communities that are traditionally overlooked. The HBCUvc Investor and Founder is mission-driven, authentic, rooted in community, and builds and invests for a bold future.

Rooted In HBCU Excellence

Our origins are rooted in the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which forged opportunities for Black Americans in a time when our country would not. We are anchored in this intention, and similar to HBCUs, we purposefully extend our support to all overlooked communities, including but limited to Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and undocumented immigrants. We know that innovation lives within us - and has been untapped and ignored for far too long. We are a Black and women-led team that's lived the work we advocate for. Our experiences drive our commitment and urgency, and we believe solutions must be led by the community that is impacted.

We Invest in People, Not Companies. We Believe Culture Adds Value and that the Boldest Innovations Originate in the Margins.


De'Havia StewartHBCU Venture Capital Fellow Class 1
Softbank's Opportunity Fund
Kendall CampHBCU Venture Capital FellowClass 4
Recent team winner of Zillow's HBCU Housing Hackathon
Evan LeaphartSummer 2021 Lab Fund Founder
Founder and CEO, KiddieKredit

Jordyn Weaver2021 Summer VC Fellow
Foundry Group
Mac Conwell II2021 Emerging Venture LeaderFounder and Managing Partner, Rarebreed Ventures
Janet Lee2021 PledgeLA FellowVenture Cooperative
Desmond Wiggins2020 Pilot Lab Fund FounderFounder, BatteryXchange

Special Thanks to Our Partners